There’s a huge variety of camera equipment that you can use to record your own video resources; from professional TV camera, to handheld camcorders, webcams and mobile devices like smartphones. We can’t provide you with exact instructions for every device (the manufacturer should provide you with them) but here are some general starting points for a few commonly used cameras.
Note: If you want to record a lecture we recommend using the Panopto Lecture Capture system that is designed specifically for this purpose.
Previously, anyone wishing to record video required a specialist device, such as a camcorder. These days most people have a video camera in their pocket – their smartphone or tablet. The built in cameras and microphones in these devices are capable of producing good HD recordings. However for some video recordings, especially those involving more than one person an external microphone(s) or multiple cameras/shot setups will be required (see planning audio and video recordings).
There are many different apps available for recording video, depending on the operating system of the device. Some manufacturers include a video camera by default. For other devices you will need to download a free or paid app from their app store.
All iPhones and iPads come with an app called ‘Camera’. This can be used to take still images and record videos. The video below shows you how to record video with ‘Camera’:
Whether an Android device comes with a video camera app pre-installed depends on the manufacturer and/or mobile service provider. However, many of them will be running a version of the standard Google ‘Camera’ app which works very much like the iPhone camera app.
Make sure to read the reviews and ratings and choose the app that fits your needs best, or download several and trial them until you find the best one. If you have trouble using an app refer to the app’s page in the store, here you should find a link to the developer’s support site. This should contain tutorials and/or FAQs on how to use the app.